Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Scholarly findings

Many teams experience stress as they argue a lot over issues that can be resolved easily.
It’s all about the relationships you have with people – which doesn’t necessarily mean friendships. Relationships are built over time, when one person has respect for another. Gradually, trust begins to build, too. You don’t have to be a close personal friend with everyone, but you do always need to show each person respect and professionalism.
Create an atmosphere where everyone each other without being forced to or do willingly.
Define your expectations. A personnel policy and workplace manual should cover individual and team responsibilities. If you don’t already have one, or if you have one that needs updating, be sure it includes items such as:
    1. Job description
    2. Performance reviews
    3. Absenteeism and tardiness
    4. Discipline
    5. Leave of absence
    6. Personal days

Set an adequate time for each task.Be realistic about it and make sure team members are aware of the deadlines
Be careful to not overload your team members with too many commitments or too many interruptions. They will get discouraged and burned out. Instead, focus on delegating one task at a time, communicating the objective and time frame clearly.
Check on progress and thank your team member for doing the work
Split up the work so everyone gets the same amount of respect and workload.Ask your team members to voice out their concern and encourage them to distract themselves from the negativity from personal life.Respond appropriately,if not your teammates will not remember your good side and instead your bad side.Sincere listening will increase your level of teamwork! To do this, ask questions. Instead of giving direct orders, ask questions to guide your team members to think through issues and come up with their own solutions. You will find that ownership and subsequent responsibility for the task increase when the team member develops the solution. Lastly, value your staff. Reassure your team members that their contribution and leadership does have a huge impact on your company’s growth and survival.By following these steps and increasing the accountability of your office staff, you create trust and respect in the workplace. With these changes, your sense of teamwork and trust will grow, while decreasing your levels of stress and conflict!


Team building skills are critical for your effectiveness as a manager or entrepreneur.Better understanding of team work can make you a more effective employee and give you an extra edge in your corporate office.A team building success is when your team can accomplish something much bigger and work more effectively than a group of the same individuals working on their own.The first factor in team effectiveness is the diversity of skills and personalities. When people use their strengths in full, but can compensate for each other's weaknesses.The other critical element of team work success is that all the team efforts are directed towards the same clear goals, the team goals.In real life, team work success rarely happens by itself, without focused team building efforts and activities. There is simply too much space for problems. For example, different personalities, instead of complementing and balancing each other, may build up conflicts. Or even worse, some people with similar personalities may start fighting for authority and dominance in certain areas of expertise. Even if the team goals are clear and accepted by everyone, there may be no team commitment to the group goals or no consensus on the means of achieving those goals: individuals in the team just follow their personal opinions and move in conflicting directions.

Teamwork relies on a number of trust factors to be successful and productive in a business group. If teammates do not have a sense of trust with one another, there would most likely not create a strong communication, leading to the failure of the project. There are five elements in the teamwork of team members, cooperations, communications, deadlines, reliability and respect.
Team members have to trust that their colleagues will perform their fair share of the workload to the best of their abilities. Workload should be evenly distributed, and not to give the whole workload to one person.
Team members should hold open and honest conversations so the team can be more productive and advance in the stage of work. Teammates should also provide accurate and honest results, that way the project would not go off track.
Deadlines are established so that teammates would be able to on time. If one team member does not hand in their respective works on the deadline, it would cause a delay to not only the project itself but also possibly delays other teammates progress.
Teammates have to rely on other team members to be able to do their task on time and on target. If one team member does not finish their assigned task on time or does not do it so well, it will cost the project delays.
Respect is a vital key to the success in a project. All ideas from team members should be considered and not ignored. If a teammate does not respect other team members, it would result in a reduce in the effectiveness of the group.

There are six main factors of teamwork:  Supportive sponsor, Focus on stakeholder outcomes, smart goals, committed leadership, mutual trust, and engaged leadership. This factors help in creating the right group, environment and most importantly, the right person to be in a group. It is considered successful when the group trusts each other.  For Supportive sponsor, we both support from outside and  inside the group. Without this support, we will not accomplish much. For the focus on the stakeholder outcomes, we have to find the key points and ideas on what to do. Smart goals are to have a main and shared goal that all group members want to achieve. Committed leadership, it helps us to take hold of the roles and job a leader has to do to motivate the members.

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